Women STaRs

Women STaRs

Women STaRs (Struggles, Triumphs, and Reflections) shares the stories of professional women and the journeys they have taken. Join us as we explore the amazing stories and struggles of modern professional women like you.


March 22, 2022 28 min

This week on the Women STaRs Podcast, we have the pleasure of talking with Jenice Contreras, the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development. Jenice was born in Puerto Rico, is bilingual, bicultural and is proud of her heritage. Through her key involvement in CentroVilla25, an adaptive reuse of a vacant warehouse and office building, Jenice is a driving force around the neighborhood redevelopme...

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On this week’s episode, we sat down with Sara Jo Smith, Vice President – Senior Relationship Manager, Institutional Real Estate Group, KeyBank. Beyond being successful in her career, Sara Jo is dedicated to using her voice, being involved in her community, and finding balance in all aspects of her life.

Our conversation with Sara Jo and her perspective on finding balance through her struggles and triumphs are inspiring and engaging....

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February 22, 2022 41 min

This week on Women Stars, we’re ecstatic to bring you a wonderful episode with Catherine Bosley, owner of CJB Productions LLC and award-winning journalist. Catherine worked for many years as a news anchor in Akron and Cleveland, earning her prestigious honors such as Associated Press Awards and Emmy Award nominations. She is also known for her battle with online humiliation after images of her were spread online, resulting in strug...

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February 8, 2022 46 min

This week, we’re excited to bring you a great episode with Erin Eurenius, Certified Elder Law Attorney and owner of her own firm, Erin C. Eurenius Attorney at Law. After her experiences with her grandmother having dementia and a stroke, and navigating guardianship and Medicaid, Erin left her career in accounting to help others. Erin helps seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families in elder law, estate planning, and ...

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January 25, 2022 43 min

On another great episode of the Women STaRs podcast, we have a wonderful conversation with Julie Cruz-Blair, the Executive Director of Leadership Lorain County. Julie is dedicated to giving back to her community and providing resources that help people reach their goals and thrive. She also serves on the Board for the Elyria YWCA as the Vice-Chair, is a member of the Elyria Sunrise, and is on the Board Development Committee for Gir...

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January 11, 2022 33 min

On this episode of Women STaRs, we have an inspiring conversation with Inez James, Supervisor at the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Beyond her career, she is also the President of the Lorain Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and she was also appointed by the Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, to serve as the first African American and first female to hold the Democr...

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December 28, 2021 28 min

This week we have another great episode of the Women STaRs Podcast as we sit down with Elisha "Cam” Campbell, owner of The People’s Cafe. Cam is a veteran of the Air Force and served for 10 years before transitioning to civilian life. After a long journey of getting her degree amongst other life events, Cam started the People’s Café as a place for the community to gather and feel a sense of belonging and peace. The People’s Caf...

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December 14, 2021 68 min

This week, we have a lovely conversation with Charlita Anderson-White, Lorain County Court Magistrate. The Detroit native is a woman of strong convictions, great stories, and a proud career. She has dedicated her entire career to public service, representing the underprivileged at the Legal Aid Society of Lorain County, assisting victims of crime as a Lorain County Assistant Prosecutor, and serving families and children as a Domest...

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November 30, 2021 42 min

On our newest episode of Women STaRs, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Kathryn Kelley, Executive Director at Ohio Manufacturing Institute. Kathryn has served as executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute since 2013, where she develops policies and programs to support manufacturing innovation and workforce needs. Currently, she is lead coordinator of Ohio State’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology pro...

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November 16, 2021 34 min

On this episode of The Women STaRs Podcast, we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with comedian Natasha Pearl Hansen. Natasha began her career in 2006 and is now a successful performer with her own comedy special, "I Was Supposed To Get Married Today...", as well as headlining shows across the country. With humor focused on her own struggles, her family, and her relationships, Natasha’s witty humor and talent shine thro...

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November 2, 2021 27 min

On this episode, we have a great talk with Carmen Verhosek, a Senior Attorney at AlerStallings. Carmen provides legal services, guidance and support to older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their families by helping them prepare a plan for a better quality of life, preserve wealth, and protect their future. After being a paralegal for 15 years, Carmen made an impressive choice to pursue law school and become an attorney....

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October 19, 2021 24 min

This week we’re chatting with entrepreneur Erin Toohey-Naso. In April 2020, Erin developed The Hanger Valet –an outfit organizer that hangs over an outfit on a hanger and has zippered pockets for keeping accessories, jewelry, undergarments, socks and more. Before setting off to create her own business, she was a PR and marketing consultant for more than 15 years, working with small local businesses and large national brands. Throug...

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October 5, 2021 33 min

On this week’s episode of The Women STaRs Podcast, we’re sitting down with Kionna Mcintosh-Pharms, Student Services Navigator at Lorain County Community College. In addition to over 25 years of experience in both corporate America and non-profit organizations, Kionna’s current work exemplifies how she enjoys impacting and elevating the lives of our youth. Kionna is an amazing woman who is actively involved in her community and valu...

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September 21, 2021 38 min

On this week’s special anniversary episode of Women STaRs to celebrate one year as a podcast, we’re sitting down with Lucy Fanger, Founder & CEO of On Technology Partners. Lucy began the Women STaRs Podcast as a project of her company and has been an integral part of its success. She started her career as a registered nurse at the Cleveland Clinic but started On Technology Partners in 1994 to better help people as she desired. ...

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September 7, 2021 23 min

On this episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking to Gia Bell. As a mother, community advocate, and driven worker, Gia has valuable and relatable advice that she’s gleaned from her life’s experiences, both good and bad. With awards like the 30 For the Future Award through the Young Professional Network, Congressional Recognition for her work on Autism, and much more, as well as her leadership work with or...

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August 24, 2021 35 min

In this week’s episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we are speaking with Kathryn Bryan, Ph.D., a financial planner at Skylight Financial group. Kathryn, who also goes by Katy, made a significant career change to be at her current position: after several years as a medical research fellow with the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland VA Medical Center, Katy decided to enter the world of finance as a fi...

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August 10, 2021 30 min

On this week’s episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have small business owner Amy Witzigreuter. Amy is a challenge-driven entrepreneur with a passion for optimal health and clean, purposeful living. She is the Founder and Owner of Witzi’s Raw Granola, a successful brand of organic, grain-free, gluten-free granola. She is also a committed supporter of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a determined advocate for organ do...

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July 27, 2021 44 min

On this week’s episode, we are speaking with Nancy Hammervik, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations at CompTIA. Nancy has had a successful career for 35 years, building herself up from sales assistant to CEO. As many women can relate to, she has jumped over hurdles in her professional life to succeed, such as breaking into the male-dominated world of business and feeling stifled in toxic work environments; likewise, she ha...

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July 13, 2021 27 min
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June 29, 2021 30 min

On this episode of Women STaRs, we speak with Akilah Williams. As a single mother and working professional with a lot on her plate, Akilah is someone whose own journey to self-betterment and acceptance speaks to the same obstacles and fears many of us also experience as we navigate our own lives and careers. 

Join us while Akilah discusses the “invisible beast” that is Impostor Syndrome, learning to make your own rules by letting go...

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